This novel is well known for many things, but possibly the most well-noted is its rites-of-passage portrayal and throughout many phrases and paragraphs can be extracted that add to this. At the beginning of the book, it is clear that Jim has been well-protected from the outside world by his parents and knows fairly little of it, as any 11 year-old would. On the second page in Ballard writes: “like all children, Jim was intrigued by alcohol but vaguely disapproved of it,” the fact that Jim was ‘intrigued’ by alcohol exhibits that he was curious of it, it was something he had never really understood. This highlights his youthfulness and innocence. A page after this, it is clear he has great interest in childish things: “Yang enjoyed impressing his eleven-year-old passenger with tall tales of film stunts and trick effects.” Young children, generally, enjoy stories told with great exaggeration and ‘tall tales’ implies that these stories were only partly true, most likely exaggerated to please and ‘impress’ Jim.
Adrian Lara Period 1 8/29/12 Frank McCourt Vs. The Modern Teenager Frank McCourt’s love of and dedication to reading puts most modern day teenagers to shame. A general observation of teenagers today shows that reading on a daily basis is the least of their concerns. In the obituary of Frank McCourt, Lev Grossman, the writer of the article, talks about how hard McCourt’s life was as a child, as if it wasn’t evident with his book already. Reading was his only escape from the world around him.
In the same book introduction as the opening quote, Judy Blume wrote, “Those who were most active in trying to ban books cam from the ‘religious right’ but the impulse to censor spread like a contagious disease. Other parents, confused and uncertain, were happy to jump on the bandwagon. Book banning satisfied their need to feel in control of their children’s
We are often quoted as not understanding what our young ones are going through. In my opinion, our children lose out if not properly reared. The first website I found is titled “Raising Boys Today” and the web address is http://www.preteenagerstoday.com/resources/articles/boys.htm. The author to this site is Jennifer Nelson, and her purpose is to educate parents on raising teenage boys. I found it easy to read for the article is in every day terms that allows easy association between my son and the article.
Jim Keenan English 101 It Puts The Lotion In The Basket As most kids gradually start to read more and more as they mature, I was one of the few who didn't learn to enjoy reading until senior year of highschool. The teachings of Tom Alessandri were the sole cause of my newfound appreciation for literature. All it takes is the inspiration of one individual to turn someone onto reading and writing. Tom Alessandri was the last highschool English teacher I had, taking his Science Fiction & Horror Literature class. While many people would be discouraged by the title of the class alone, I was intrigued and immediately signed up.
Cisneros have loved studying since she was a little girl. When she just “was in fifth grade” (Cisneros 621), she had “[her] plans for college”. Then she shared them with her father and he said, “Que bueno, mi’ja, that’s good” (621). Instead of being happy, she was so disappointed when she knew that “[her] father thought college was good … for finding a husband” (621).Moreover, her father was very proud of his oldest son who graduated from medical school. He did not expect his daughter to achieve something wonderful as her brothers.
This idea can be seen through Atticus Finch extremely well. He grew up in an overly prejudice time, yet all he tries to do is help people, and tries to teach his children to do the same thing. For instance, on page 30, he is trying to teach Scout not to judge people because she didn’t always know the other person view of things, or their side of the story. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” -Atticus Finch. Even with her Father’s prompting she doesn’t seem to understand, as she clearly has prejudice towards people like the Ewells and Cuninghams just for being poor, or different than her.
Literacy at a young age helped spark my self-motivation to learn. Today, technology is playing a huge role in helping young children become interested in literacy. Children’s literacy is necessary to become a productive part of society. My parents supported my literacy in many ways. My mother read to me every night until I fell asleep.
“[We live] in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones iPods and minds like empty rooms” by far this quote really does describe our society because we get everything we want yet we cannot grasp how to use proper literacy. Though 75 years ago children would read for fun because it was the only thing they could do like an example: would be African-American children they had to share one book with three other kids but could not complain and young children would always have some that would read to them. Lee is trying to yield out to the generations of the next ones saying your knowledge may be wrong if you get it on the internet, Lukudu 2 but if you read a book you could obtain more information and you can open up to more concepts. I absolutely
Todd’s parents think that he should become a lawyer and they do not give him a lot of attentions as they send him the same desk set each year. Their new English teacher, Mr. Keating or “The Captain”, is different from the rest and some of the students find him mad. In their first class, he brings them to see pictures of some of the former students at the school. Through poems he tells them to seize the day, Carpe Diem, a term which he thinks the students should live by. Mr. Keating’s way of teaching brings out the uniqueness of the pupils, but the other teachers, bound by traditions and discipline, do not like his way of teaching.